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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (original title)
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

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Roland Topor ...
Renfield
Walter Ladengast ...
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Jan Groth ...
Harbormaster
Carsten Bodinus ...
Schrader
Martje Grohmann ...
Mina
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Town official (as Ryk de Gooyer)
Clemens Scheitz ...
Clerk
Lo van Hensbergen ...
Harbormaster's Assistent
John Leddy ...
Coachman
Margiet van Hartingsveld ...
Vrouw
Tim Beekman ...
Coffinbearer
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Jonathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Wismar where Jonathan lives. But Count Dracula is a vampire, an undead ghoul living off of men's blood. Inspired by a photograph of Lucy Harker, Jonathan's wife, Dracula moves to Wismar, bringing with him death and plague... An unusually contemplative version of Dracula, in which the vampire bears the curse of not being able to get old and die. Written by Yepok

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Trivia

Althrough Herzog was read up on traditional vampire lore, he had no experience with vampire fiction beyond Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, the original Nosferatu and Roman Polanski's _Dance of the Vampires (1967)_. See more »

Goofs

When Harker walks along a rocky ledge by a river on his way to the Count's castle, a sturdy guardrail made of cement posts and thick metal wires is clearly visible along the edge of the path. See more »

Quotes

Warden: The patient that came in yesterday is having a fit.
Van Helsing: Which one?
Warden: The one that bit the cow.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Der Ruf der Rohrflöte
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(Featured in German and American film versions)
Written by Florian Fricke
Performed by Popol Vuh
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Hypnotic and exquisitely photographed
19 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Werner Herzog's version of Murnau's classic NOSFERATU is a captivating experience. Klaus Kinski is perfect as Count Dracula. He brilliantly conveys the loneliness and sadness of a creature who longs to be human. Count Dracula is the victim in this film, he does not enjoy his immortality and wants only to live, love and die like a human. Isabelle Adjani's ethereal beauty punctuates her ghostlike performance as Lucy, and Bruno Ganz turns in another solid performance as Jonathan.

Like other Herzog films, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE is exquisitely photographed, eliciting an almost transcendental experience. Jonathan's journey to Dracula's castle, the dancing of the plague-ridden townsfolk, and the final scene are prime examples.

Once again, using the compositions of Popol Vuh and Wagner, Herzog creates an effective amalgamation of images an music.

One drawback to the film is that it is so beautiful to look at, it is not especially frightening. This may discourage some Dracula fans, but to those who want a hypnotic, smart vampire film, this is the one to see.


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